Malta’s athletic season got off to a brilliant start at the Matthew Micallef St John with a
number of national records achieved at a very early stage of the season, setting the scene
for an exciting season ahead for Maltese athletes.
During Athletics Malta’s first Pre-Season Meeting, Carla Scicluna got her season off to a
fantastic start breaking the 60m national record in her first race for 2024, stopping the clock
on 7.47s, just ahead of Claire Azzopardi who also clocked a remarkable time of 7.55s, a
personal best for her.
A second national record was registered later in the day with Graham Pellegrini, claiming
the win over 300m, setting a new National and Under 23 record with 33.38s. The Pembroke
athlete achieved this milestone a mere six months after doing the same with the 400m
A third record was established many miles away, with Rachela Pace continuing to impress
during her experience with Fresno State University. She recorded a jump of 6.31m while
competing in the US, adding a long jump indoor national record to the triple jump record
which she already holds.
The first event at the Marsa stadium also brought about a number of significant
performances by the younger athletes. Another strong performer on the day was Michael
Debattista Segond, with the Pembroke athlete finishing first in 2:36.05 in the 1000m race,
establishing a new national record for the Under 23, 20 and 18 categories. His performance
augurs well for his upcoming international competition, with the athlete representing Malta
at the Balkan Indoor Under 20 Championship in Belgrade this Sunday. He will be racing on
the 800m distance, where he will be joined by Isaac Bonnici on the same distance.
Savio’s Jordan Pace also set a new national record timing in the 300m Hurdles, lowering his
Under 20 and Under 23 own record to 42.09.
In the throws, Bianca Shoemake (Rush AC) established a new benchmark in the hammer
with a fantastic throw of 52.47m earning her the Under 18 national record.
Senior athletes will be back on track this Saturday for a second pre-season meeting, while
younger athletes will be back on Sunday with the cross country event on the Marsa grounds
on Sunday morning, where athletes will be running loops of 1000, precisely one for the
Under 12, two for the Under 14 and three for the Under 16.